Medica CPD Courses

Lets talk about Children Under Pressure- Practical ways to support

Wednesday 4th October 2017

This conference brings together some of the most experienced, enthusiastic and inspiring practitioners in the field to share with you their knowledge, increase your understanding; and provide practical strategies, tips and ideas on how best to respond and support children and young people in your care who are facing mental health difficulties.

For more information and how to book see the website.

Trauma, Attachment and Behaviour in Education

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Dr Karen Treisman is returning to provide a new training course covering Trauma, Attachment & Behaviour in Education


  • A greater understanding of attachment and trauma theories and why children and young people might be behaving in the way they are as well as providing practical

“How To” strategies for working with children and parents, to help make the education setting an easier place for children to learn in, more trauma-informed, and enhance academic success

For more information and how to book see the website.

Domestic Abuse: MARAC and Risk Assessment ( RIC) Training

(Please note you will have attended a Understanding & Responding to Domestic Abuse Level 1 before attending this training)

Training Dates

13th September – 9.30am – 1pm

7th December – 1.30pm – 5pm

MARAC – multi-agency risk assessment conferencing – is a process that identifies highest risk victims of domestic abuse. Through multi-agency sharing of information and case discussion, a risk/safety management plan is agreed to assist in reducing the risk to the victim, any children involved and others. You and/or your staff may be asked to provide information to the MARAC or you may have serious concerns about a victim / family known to your service. This training will provide key information about the overall process, the crucial role you play in reducing risks for these families and how to use the risk assessment tool (RIC).

Target Audience:

Staff from the statutory and voluntary sectors, particularly from the following MARAC partner agencies:

  • Police (local officers, managers and response officers)
  • NHS & HSCP (health visiting, midwifery, addictions, GPs, school nurses)
  • Education (school managers, child protection/domestic abuse co-ordinators, family & community support teams and educational psychology)
  • Housing / Local Services Network
  • Social Work (including children & families and criminal justice)
  • Voluntary Sector, eg. Women’s Aid, sexual abuse agencies and BME agencies
  • Court Service providers
  • Fire & Rescue
  • Substance and mental health practitioners

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Define domestic abuse and understand this in our area
  • Understand a multi-agency approach to domestic abuse
  • Explain what our MARAC is, the way it works and your role
  • Carry out a domestic abuse risk assessment (RIC)
  • Understand the domestic abuse support services available in our area

Please contact for further info or to book a place

Shakespeare Workshops

Three exciting new drama workshops for teachers – a collaboration between the EIS and Globe Education at Shakespeare’s Globe. Available for booking now. Places are limited.
 Ways into Shakespeare for Specialist Drama Teachers
This workshop will give drama teachers techniques to introduce and enhance their teaching of Shakespeare. This session will link working practically with Shakespeare to several areas of the Curriculum for Excellence, including movement, expression, voice and language in Shakespeare’s plays. It will also provide new strategies and ideas to help students review the work of others.
 “I thought this was excellent – one of the best and most relevant CPD events I have been on. There was a great balance between learning techniques and strategies and applying them in a practical sense. The instructions were clear and contextualised and the tutor was patient, entertaining and completely in control at all times. There is so much I can now take back to the classroom. Feel refreshed about Shakespeare so thank you very much!” – Drama Teacher, Trinity High School, Renfrew
 Date: Thursday 28th September 2017
Time: 4.00 pm until 6.00 pm
Location: Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Cost: £25
Using Storytelling to Support Literacy for Primary and Special School Teachers
This short session for primary and special school teachers will explore storytelling to support literacy.
For younger children, stories told or heard can help them understand the world in which they live, and allow them to transmit that understanding to others. Talk is a rehearsal for writing, and first-hand situations experienced through drama and role-play approaches provide children with the ideas and language they need for writing. We use Shakespeare’s stories to enhance pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, cultural development and understanding of the world and as a stimulus for developing their language skills.
This workshop will help teachers to develop their skills and confidence to lead practical approaches to literacy in the classroom.
“This session has helped me gain new info, skills and extended my mind, allowing me to link to other topics, subjects and areas of the curriculum which I will be sharing with staff.” – Year 6 Teacher, St. Rose of Lima Primary School
 Date: Friday 29th September 2017
Time: 10.00 am until 12.00 pm
Location: Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Cost: £25
Ways into Shakespeare for Secondary Teachers of English
This course will give English teachers techniques to engage with Shakespeare through active and creative approaches, using Macbeth as its main focus. It is also designed to provide a range of ideas in how to analyse language, explore characters, themes and the text in performance.
This course is aimed at secondary English teachers, and activities and resources will be transferrable to other texts.
 “As an English teacher my focus is not always practical; although I would definitely be keen to use many of these activities in my classroom. Fantastic ideas!” – English Teacher, Gleniffer High School
 Date: Friday 29th September 2017
Time: 2.00 pm until 4.00 pm
Location: Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Cost: £25
To book a place on one of these workshops, please contact Lesley Walker at with your name, email and workplace, making clear your chosen workshop and any dietary, access or other requirements.

Working with Survivors of Rape and Sexual Assault

29th November 2017

Eskr room 2, Brunton Hall, Musselburgh

9:30am- 4:30pm

This is a full-day interactive training course for practitioners from a range of services/disciplines which aims to increase understanding of rape and sexual assault and explore effective ways of supporting survivors.

Course objectives:

Consider the legal definitions and broader socio-cultural context of rape and sexual assault, including societal attitudes and overview of legal process

Explore impacts of rape and sexual assault

Look at how to respond to disclosures of rape and sexual assault

Explore effective ways of supporting rape and sexual assault in practice, including role play work, consideration of case studies and sign-posting/referral information.

Consider vicarious trauma and self-care

Learning outcomes:

Increased awareness and understanding of the prevalence and impacts of rape and sexual assault

Be able to respond to disclosures of rape and sexual assault with increased confidence

Increased knowledge of what survivors of rape and sexual assault might need from practitioners in a supportive role

If you wish a place on the training please email Please bring along your own lunch.



Understanding and Responding to Children and Young People Experiencing Domestic Abuse


6TH OCTOBER 2017 FROM 9.30am – 4.30pm


Prior to attending participants are expected to attend the Understanding and Responding to Domestic Abuse (Level 1) course

This Level 2 training builds on the learning gained in Level 1 domestic abuse sessions. We will focus on the impact of domestic abuse on children, including its relevance to child development and child protection. We will provide opportunity for skills-building exercises for supporting children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. This training is aimed at workers who are currently working directly or indirectly with children and young people experiencing domestic abuse or those who have an interest in working in this field in the future.

If you require a place on this training please email

Active Schools Staff Training sessions

Basics of Teaching Primary PE; Rugby

Kings Meadow Primary on 30th August – 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Basics of Teaching Primary PE; Hockey                   

Pinkie Primary School on 4th September – 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Basics of Teaching Primary PE; Football                

Prestonpans Infants on 11th September – 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Basics of Teaching Primary PE; Basketball             

Sandersons Wynd Primary on 21st September – 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Active Schools In-service Training is designed to provide staff with a basic understanding of teaching Rugby, Football, Hockey and/or Rugby completely FREE of charge. This 90 minutes training session will be led by our highly qualified and vastly experienced Sport Development Team and be accompanied by an equally experienced Primary Active Schools Coordinator who will be there to help each staff member deliver these sessions in Curriculum PE time or as an After School Club with their school.

To go along with the 90 minute session, all staff who attend will be provided with an 8 Resource pack which inside will have fun and safe Session Plans already completed so each staff member can have all of that amazing content ready to go when they deliver the sessions themselves.

For further information and to book a place on one of these courses, please contact Adam Martin (Active Schools Coordinator) on

Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice – GTCS Professional Recognition Pilot

Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice – GTCS Professional Recognition Pilot

Call for Expressions of interest

The Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Dyslexia Scotland are seeking expressions of interest from Support for Learning Teachers/Additional Support Needs/Pupil Support Teachers and local authority Inclusion Education Officers who may wish to take part in an exciting Professional Recognition pilot. The aim of the pilot is to develop, implement and oversee a cohort of 20 teaching professionals in Scotland with the skills and knowledge to identify and support learners with dyslexia, and offer support and share their professionals learning with colleagues, to help other teachers to do the same.

Closing date for applications: midnight on 27 August 2017.

Please see attached leaflet for more information and how to apply. FINALExpressionsofInterestOutline

Bill Rogers Conference – Edinburgh

An excellent opportunity for a whole staff CPD or for individuals.

Oxgangs Primary School would like to invite fellow colleagues to join us for a day of professional dialogue and learning with the international behaviour specialist Bill Rogers.  A full day conference will be held at Napier University Craiglockhart Campus on Saturday September 30th learning from Bill ways to support those challenging pupils in each of our schools and helping with ways to develop whole school approaches.

Key content throughout the day:

  • Developing early intervention plans (including uses of time-out); developing IBMP’s (individual behaviour management plans) on a whole school basis;
  • Behaviour management and discipline practice;
  • Utilising the whole class group in behaviour management planning for individuals;
  • Working with parents of students with behaviour disorders;
  • Working with disaffected teachers;
  • Bullies and victims;
  • The reality and extent of ‘behaviour disorders’ as a phenomenon in mainstream schools (with special reference to ADD / ADHD spectrum behaviours);
  • Supporting teachers who have such student behaviours in their classes;
  • Duty of care outside the classroom (key practices and skills);
  • Playground management, corridor, wet-day supervision;
  • The ‘hard-class’ phenomenon – managing the ‘harder than average class;’
  • The obvious – and not so obvious – benefits of a whole school approach
  • The concept and application of ‘preferred practice’ when addressing student behaviour in any context classrooms/assemblies/corridors/playground/’wet-day’/lunch supervision…  [core discipline practices and skills in day to day management and discipline].

The day will cost £85 and be structured as follows –

  • 8:45 for registration
  • 9:00 Morning session (with a refreshment break mid-way through)
  • Developing positive relationships for all children
  • Not making those difficult pupils the central focus for our schools
  • Lunch (buffet style lunch provided)
  • Afternoon session (with a refreshment break mid-way through)
  • Focus on how to work specifically with those children at risk – the 20%, attainment gap and those with behavioural problems. 3:30 Finish

Parking is included.

Deadline for booking is August 25th.  Places are extremely limited (due to the size of the venue) and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Once places have been confirmed a booking form will be issued for each attendee. Payment is to be made by cheque (made payable to ‘The City of Edinburgh Council’.  Payment needs to be made prior to the end of September.

For any further information and to make bookings please contact Andrew Blaikie at Oxgangs Primary School(


Supporting Mental Wellbeing in Schools

Supporting Mental Wellbeing in Schools
Thursday 28th September | Central Edinburgh | CPD Certified

With new reports showing 19 young people in Scotland are let down by mental health systems every day, the Scottish government has made it a national priority to improve mental wellbeing in schools. Following the launch of the Scottish Government’s new 10 year Mental Health Strategy, it is now essential for schools, charities and local authorities to ensure an inclusive strategy is in place to prevent poor mental health becoming a barrier to achievement. For this reason, I am pleased to invite you and your colleagues to attend the one-day training course, ‘Supporting Mental Wellbeing in Schools’, running in Edinburgh on Thursday 28th September. Chaired by education consultant and mental health champion Hugh Smith, delegates on this course will take away an action plan to implement best practice in supporting the mental wellbeing of both pupils and staff at your school. View the full agenda Register online  * Group booking discounts available *

Key training outcomes include:

  • Understand your school’s obligations under the Scottish government’s latest policy on mental health
  • Discover best practice techniques to support pupils with mental health needs
  • Learn to effectively support your staff with managing stress, low morale and heavy workloads
  • Evaluate your schools’ PSE lesson plans to embed excellence in wellbeing education
  • Take away an action plan to create a whole-school approach to mental wellbeing

* Places are strictly limited to 35 to ensure an interactive learning environment. Click here to claim your delegate place before we reach capacity

If you have any questions regarding the course or how to register, you can call me on 0203 770 6608 or email